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Ochre and Sienna

Following on from the previous post in which a key element of the image was the distinctly Italian colours in the sky and architecture, I thought I’d post another image on the same theme. This time from Siena in Tuscany.

In this shot, I particularly like the detail of the bits of laundry hanging from windows and the satellite dishes on the roofs. They serve as a reminder that what, to us visitors, is an opportunity for a photo capturing the romantic charm of colourful Tuscan architecture, to the residents, is just where they happen to live. I’m frequently amused by this contrast when I travel – the hoards of people marveling at the sites we’ve paid large sums of money and spent considerable effort on travelling to, whilst the locals watch us with resigned bemusement, wondering what all the fuss is about. It is also a reminder that we rarely have to travel far to find good photo opportunities, if only we can open our eyes to what familiarity has blinded us to.

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4 Comments

  1. tom says:

    Like the contrast between the dark blue sky and earth toned houses.

  2. faisal says:

    Looks like Florence – ah I long to go back to Italy! nice shot!

  3. george says:

    “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.” that’s what John Ruskin said…so why do we like monochrome?

    …and you’re right about “opening eyes” it’s all there if one looks…great pic btw

  4. David says:

    I love the colors and the geometry in this picture. Very nice.

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